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Application for Foreign Experts Certificate

Foreign expert who apply for a job in China shall observe laws and statutes of China, be healthy, and have no criminal record. In general they are divided into the categories as follows:

I. Foreign professional technical personnel or managerial personnel who are appointed to work in China for the agreements, conventions between governments or international organizations or the Sino-foreign economic and trade contracts;

II. Foreign professionals employed to work in China in the fields of education, scientific research, press, publication, culture, arts, public health and sports etc.;

III. Foreign senior professional technical personnel or managerial personnel who are employed with rank of vice general manager or above or enjoy the same rank of treatment in enterprises within the territory of China;

IV. Foreign representative's offices in China for overseas expert organizations or human resource consulting agencies that are approved by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs;

V. Foreign professional technical personnel or managerial personnel who have particular expertise, highly demanded in China in the fields as economy, technology, engineering, trade, finance, financial accounting, taxation, and tourism etc.;

The foreign experts in Category 2 and 3 shall have academic degree as university bachelor or above and more than 5 years of relevant working experiences (among whom language teachers shall have academic degree as university bachelor or above and no less than 2 years of relevant working experiences).

Notice: Before coming to China, foreign experts in Category II (foreign cultural and educational experts) shall be aware that the employer must have "Certificate of Authorized Qualification for Employment of Foreign Cultural and Educational Experts". Otherwise, working for employer who does not have said permit, may not only have personal rights and interests deprived, but also result in possibility of violating laws of China.

Foreign Experts who are employed in Guangzhou according to relevant regulations is exempt from applying for "Employment Permit" or "Employment Certificate". Instead, "Foreign Experts Working Permit", Z Visa, "Foreign Experts Certificate" and "Alien Residence Permit" are required. The procedure is as follows:

1. Employers should help foreign experts to apply for `Foreign Experts Working Permit' at Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau (before foreign expert's entry into China)

2. Applying for Z Visa at overseas Chinese visa authorities (before entry into China)

3. Applying for `Foreign Experts Certificate' at Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau (within 15 days after arrival in Guangzhou)

4. Applying for 'Alien Residence Permit' at Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (within 30 days after arrival in Guangzhou)

Foreign Experts who are employed for working in China shall apply for "Foreign Experts Working Permit".

The application for "Foreign Experts Working Permit" is free of charge. If the applicant is qualified and can provide complete and authentic materials, the application process only takes three working days.

Applicant's Documents

1. Application Form for "Foreign Experts Working Permit" (download from the website of Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau);

2. Resume (including educational background and working experiences);

3. Photocopy of the last degree diploma or professional qualification certificate;

4. Health Certificate issued by foreign medical treatment organizations authorized by Chinese embassy or consulate, or issued by health and quarantine departments designated by Chinese government;

5. Employment Agreement or Contract:

(1) Foreign experts in Category I shall submit a photocopy of relevant project agreement or project approval document;

(2) Foreign experts in Category II shall submit a photocopy of "Certificate of Authorized Qualification for Employment of Foreign Cultural and Educational Experts" of the employer or the serial number of said Certificate, and the standard employment contract uniformly printed by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and concluded with the employer;

(3) Foreign experts in Category III shall submit a photocopy of Appointment Letter or Employment Contract from the enterprise;

(4) Foreign experts in Category IV shall submit a photocopy of approval document for representative offices permanently stationed in China and Appointment Letter for Foreign Representative or other documents with same legal force;

(5) Foreign experts in Category V shall submit a photocopy of Employment Agreement or Contract.

Issuing Authority

Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau
Tel: 83126037, 83126038
Address: Rm.401/402, 4th Building West, 1 Fuqian Rd., Guangzhou
PC 510032
Website:
www.gzfeb.cn, http://guangzhou.caiep.org

Notice: To apply for relevant certificates, applicant's documents shall be submitted to Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of Guangdong Province if the employer directly affiliated to central or provincial government; in some other cases, applicant's documents shall be submitted to Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau according to the local administration principles.

Z Visa is the fundamental needed visa issued to foreigners who are to take up posts or employment in China and to their accompanying family members by the Chinese visa authorities for entry or exit from the Chinese territory. Foreigners who are to take up posts or work in Guangzhou shall have handled Z Visa before entry into China.

Applicant's Documents (consult visa authorities for details)

1. Original "Foreign Experts Working Permit"

2. Notification Letter for Z visa application issued by authorized official department

3. Valid passport

4. A completed visa application form.

5. One recent passport sized photograph (one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced)

Notice: To apply for Notification Letter for Z visa application, please contact Passport & Visa Division of Foreign Affairs Office, the People's Government of Guangzhou Municipality. Tel: 83172462, Address: Room502, 5th Floor, Guangzhou Foreign Business Street, Guangren Road.

Transforming the category of visa

Foreign experts who came to work in Guangzhou city with visa of travel or other categories (`L' or `F' visa) due to its badly need, can apply for 'Foreign Experts Certificate' after entry, and then apply for transforming the category of their visa to Z type at Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau.

Renewing Z Visa

Aliens who apply the extension of Z visa shall go through the following procedures:

1. Submit the original passports, visas and certificates for verification.

2. Fill in application forms for extension.

3. Provide documents with reasons for extension.

4. Pay for the procedures.

Issuing Authority

Overseas Issuing Authority: Overseas Chinese embassies and consulates

Local Issuing Authority: Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau

Customs: Those who cannot apply for visa at authorized overseas agencies of China with some emergent reasons, can apply for China's Visa to the customs offices entrusted by the Ministry of Public Security, literally, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Guangzhou (Baiyun Airport), Shenzhen (Luohu, Huanggang, Shekou), Zhuhai (Gongbei).

Foreign Experts Certificate, applied by foreign experts themselves or their employers, is the identification card for alien professionals in China. The longest validity period of certificate is five years for every issuance. With "Foreign Experts Certificate", it will be unnecessary to apply for `Alien Employment Permit' and the foreign experts can enjoy honorable treatment accorded by Chinese government.

The application for "Foreign Experts Certificate" is free of charge. If the applicant is qualified and can provide complete and authentic materials, the application process only takes three working days.

Applicant's Documents

If the applicant has been issued Z Visa before entry into China or "Residence Permit" after entry into China, he or she shall:

1. Submit Application Form for "Foreign Experts Certificate" (download from the website of Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau)

2. Submit valid Z Visa for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer. (For those who have been issued Z Visa)

3. Submit valid "Alien Residence Permit" for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer. (For those who have been issued 'Alien Residence Permit')

4. Submit valid passport for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer

5. Submit a photocopy of Business License or CodeCertificate of Legal Person Organization

6. Submit 2 recent passport sized photographs (one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced)

7. Submit valid passports of the family members for verification together with a photocopy of each person, and 2 recent taken one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced photos of each person.

If the applicant has not been issued Z Visa before entry into China or "Residence Permit" after entry into China, he or she shall:

1. Submit Application Form for Foreign Experts Certificate (download from the website of Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau)

2. Submit valid passport for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer

3. Submit valid visa for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer

4. Employment Agreement or Contract:

(1) Foreign experts in Category I shall submit a photocopy of relevant project agreement or project approval document;

(2) Foreign experts in Category II shall submit a photocopy of "Certificate of Authorized Qualification for Employment of Foreign Cultural and Educational Experts" of the employer or the serial number of said Certificate, and the standard employment contract uniformly printed by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and concluded with the employer;

(3) Foreign experts in Category III shall submit a photocopy of Appointment Letter or Employment Contract from the enterprise;

(4) Foreign experts in Category IV shall submit a photocopy of approval document for representative offices permanently stationed in China and Appointment Letter for Foreign Representative or other document with same legal force;

(5) Foreign experts in Category V shall submit a photocopy of Employment Agreement or Contract.

5. Those who are engaged in particular professional jobs, like doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants, should submit practicing license or other supporting documents

6. Submit the last degree diploma and any other relevant diploma or professional testimonial related to his or her current post (documentations in foreign language shall be produced together with Chinese translation)

7. Submit a copy of Business License or Code Certificate for Legal Person Organization

8. Submit 2 recent passport sized photographs (one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced).

9. Those who intend to reside and work in Guangzhou for over one year shall submit the original and a photocopy of 'Health Certificate' issued by Exit and Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Guangdong Province

10. Submit valid passports of the family members for verification together with a photocopy of each person, and 2 recent one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced photos of each person.

Notice: In applying for "Health Certificate", one should have body checked at Health Care Center of Guangdong International Travel. Tel: 38259300/38259322 Address: No.207 Long KouXi Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou.

Updating Data for Foreign Experts Certificate

Should any changes occur to one's personal data showing on Foreign Experts Certificate, such as passport number, post and residence address, the applicant can ask Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau for updating personal data by presenting relevant supporting documents, such as new passport and the employer's official letter.

Renewing Foreign Experts Certificate

"Foreign Experts Certificate" should be renewed when it expires, otherwise it will be invalid. To renew Foreign Experts Certificate, the applicant should submit the employer's official letter, valid employment contract signed by foreign experts and the employer, and valid "Foreign Experts Certificate".

Reapplying for Foreign Experts Certificate in Accidental Missing

When one loses the Foreign Experts Certificate, he or she shall make a statement in local newspaper declaring his/her Foreign Experts Certificate void, and then reapply the Certificate by the newspaper with the very announcement andhe employer's official letter.

Experts Certificate Applying for Hongkong, Taiwan and Macao people

The professional personnel from Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan who are employed in Guangzhou can apply for 'Certificate of Experts from Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan' at Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau and enjoy equal honor and treatment as foreign experts. Refer to `Foreign Expert Certificate' for the method of applying for the certificate.

Issuing Authority

Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau
Tel: 83126037, 83126038
Address: Rm.401/402, 4th Building West, 1 Fuqian Rd., Guangzhou
PC 510032
Website: www.gzfeb.cn, http://guangzhou.caiep.org

The employer can apply for 'Residence Permit' on behalf of the applicant. However, the first time of application for `Residence Permit' must be made personally. (The following information is subject to the promulgation by Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau.)

Applicant's Documents

1. Original and photocopy of valid passport and visa;

2. Fill out 'Application Form for Visa, Residence Permit for Foreigners' and on which attach one recent two-inch front-view photo with hat free and upper body;

3. `Registration Form for Temporary Residence of Overseas Personnel' issued by Public Security Bureau at residential place (except for accommodation at a guesthouse or hotel);

4. Original and photocopy of valid 'Foreign Experts Certificate' or 'Alien Employment Permit';

5. Official Letter issued by employer or investing organization;

6. Investors at Guangzhou shall provide certificate documents such as 'Approval Certificate for Foreign-invested Enterprises' and 'Business License' etc.; personnel employed by governmental organizations and public institutions, shall provide photocopy of valid duplicate of 'Registration Certificate for Legal Person of Public Institutions'; and foreign cultural and educational experts shall provide photocopy of 'Certificate of Authorized Qualification for Employment of Foreign Cultural and Educational Experts' of the employer;

7. Original 'Health Certificate' issued by Exit and Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Guangdong Province (submitted by those who are above 18 years old and intend to reside in Guangzhou for over one year);

8. Such documents as certificate of family relationship etc. shall be submitted if there are accompanying family members.

Items to be noticed

1. In case of modification to items of 'Residence Permit' (such as residence cause, passport number, residential address, employer, accompanying persons etc.), the certificate holder shall handle modification procedure at Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau within 10 days;

2. In case the relocation for 'Residence Permit', the certificate holder shall handle relocation procedure at Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Public Security Bureau at moving-in or moving-out place within 10 days;

3. Foreigner who terminates the job in Guangzhou for certain reasons shall timely hand in Foreigners' 'Residence Permit' at its cancellation and apply for relevant visa;

4. Foreigners holding 'Residence Permit' can reside in China within the valid term of 'Residence Permit' and can also go into and outside territory of China for multi times;

Issuing Authority

Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau
Tel: 96110
Address: No.155 Jie Fang Nan Road, Guangzhou
Website: www.gzjd.gov.cn

Foreign Experts shall hand in and nullify the 'Foreign Experts Certificate' issued during their employment in Guangzhou to the issuing authority before leaving Guangzhou. If one intends to migrate to the other city within the territory of China, he or she shall apply for a new 'Foreign Experts Certificate' at local Foreign Experts Bureau.


For Inquiries...

Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau

Tel: 83126037, 83126038

Fax: 83126137

Address: Rm.401/402, 4th Building West, 1 Fuqian Rd., Guangzhou

PC 510032

Website: http://www.gzfeb.cn, http://guangzhou.caiep.org

Business Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30A.M.-12:00A.M., 2:00P.M.-5:30P.M.

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